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Learning to Lead: Which degree matches your career goals — MBA or M.S. in Management?

Wilmington University’s Master of Business Administration program offers a career-focused, experience-driven degree that fits your schedule as well as your budget. But the MBA isn’t the only path to leadership excellence, as the Master of Science in Management program also offers a degree that delivers the skills you’ll need to rise in your field.  

Both degree programs are available 100% online for education at your convenience. Both take one or two academic years to complete and cost less than $20,000. WilmU’s small class sizes allow individual access to and attention from your instructors — working professionals who bring a world of business experience into the classroom. And both programs’ innovative coursework, accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education, enables you to put the lessons you are learning to work on the job right away. 

By leveraging WilmU’s Dual-Credit ADVANTAGE™ feature, you can earn graduate-level certificates in many concentration areas while also earning your graduate degree, as well as apply M.S. in Management coursework into the MBA program, and vice versa, to earn multiple graduate degrees without having to repeat or duplicate any coursework. 

“Based on a student’s background and professional experiences, our graduate programs offer tremendous flexibility, while graduate advisors and program chairs are hands-on and always available for consultation and guidance in choosing a program as well as coursework,” explains Dr. Shawn McCloud, who has a doctorate in business administration from the University and chairs the M.S. in Management program.  

“Our graduate programs offer tremendous flexibility.” — Dr. Shawn McCloud

What makes the MBA and the M.S. in Management programs unique, however, is their differing approaches to the leadership experience within each program’s respective core coursework.  

The M.S. in Management program incorporates a methodology, via six core courses, that provides students with a deep appreciation of the skills and knowledge required for decision-making and problem solving. In comparison to the MBA’s seven core courses, the M.S. in Management program core places more emphasis on theory and business concepts, with less emphasis on quantitative solutions. 

Additionally, while entry into the MBA program may require the prior completion of accounting, economics, finance and mathematics courses, the M.S. in Management program does not require a student to complete any prerequisite coursework. 

“Beyond the absence of prerequisite requirements, and by having one less core requirement, the M.S. in Management program creates more options for students with concentration courses and, in most cases, allows for students to choose one or two elective courses,” Dr. McCloud describes. 

“Our MBA program is dynamic and strategy-oriented, with applied statistics, accounting and finance coursework, which enables the students to utilize these skills and what they learn to put to work in the job market,” says Dr. Sel Dibooglu, the MBA program chair. 

“Our MBA program is dynamic and strategy-oriented.” — Dr. Sel Dibooglu

WilmU offers 13 MBA and 12 M.S. in Management specialized concentrations: 

MBA 

Traditional (no concentration) 

Accounting 

Business Analytics 

Business Communication 

Business Technology Management 

Finance 

Health Care Administration 

Homeland Security 

Human Resource Management 

Management Information Systems 

Marketing Management 

Nonprofit Management 

Organizational Leadership 

Sustainability 

M.S. in Management 

Traditional (no concentration) 

Business Communication 

Health Care Administration 

Homeland Security 

Human Resource Management 

Management Information Systems 

Marketing 

Military Leadership 

Nonprofit Management 

Organizational Leadership 

Public Administration 

Sport Management

Sustainability 

 

“We are trying to develop new specialties and concentrations that uniquely address the job market needs and what Delaware is known for,” adds Dr. Dibooglu, who plans to add MBA concentrations in financial services. 

Where is your ambition leading you? WilmU’s MBA or M.S. in Management can help you get there. 

“As an MBA graduate of Wilmington University, I am very proud of the programs we offer,” says Dr. Kathy Kennedy-Ratajack, the dean of WilmU’s College of Business, who also has a doctorate in business administration. “I have had the opportunity to use the skills that I learned in the program to help me grow both professionally and personally. Now and in the future, our focus is on ensuring that we’re meeting the career needs of our students and the businesses that employ them.” 

Accessible, affordable, adaptable — consider WilmU’s MBA and M.S. in Management degrees your career catalysts. To learn more or to apply, visit the College of Business online at wilmu.edu/Business. 

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